APA related research

Finnish sport and physical activity research is conducted in universities, sport medicine organisations, universities of applied sciences and research institutes. The Ministry of Education and Culture allocates government grants and appropriations for sport-related research. Here you can find information about Finnish sport, physical activity and APA related research.

Finnish sport and physical activity research is primarily administered and financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Sport research is also funded by the European Union, the Academy of Finland, other ministries, numerous foundations etc.

The Ministry of Education and Culture finances sport and physical activity research based on the social impact of the research topics. The objectives of research into sport and physical activity are specified in the sport and fitness science guidelines. The current research themes are: (1) Promoting physical activity in the general population, (2) Access to and polarisation of sport (3) Changes in the culture of sport and physical activity and promoting inclusion and (4) Cross-sectional information needs. Research and Evaluation Division of the National Sport Council is an advisory body for the Ministry in matters related to sport and physical activity research.

Sport and physical activity related research is conducted in universities, sport medicine organisations, universities of applied sciences and numerous research institutes. Here you can find more information about the main actors of Finnish Sport research.

 

Finnish APA research

Adapted physical activity related research is coordinated and steered in Finland by the Ministry of Education and Culture and Research and Evaluation Division of the National Sports Council. Most of the Finnish APA research has been carried out at the University of Jyväskylä, but also other universities, polytechnics and research institutes have made research in the field of APA. The only professorship in APA is in University of Jyväskylä (prof. Pauli Rintala) that has also few other teachers/researchers in adapted physical activity.

Physical activity of the aged people has been the largest research object, but disabled and chronically ill persons physical exercise has been also studied from different perspectives. KIHU – Research Institute for Olympic Sports has researched disability sports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APA research has been funded among others by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Academy of Finland and many foundations. Ministry of Education and Culture funds about five APA research projects annually including accessibility research project. Nowadays approximately 5-15% of ministry sport research funding is allocated to APA-related research. The number of funded projects has diminished in the 2010s.

 

Photo: Finnish Sports Association for Persons with Disabilities (VAU).

Figure: Saku Rikala (LTS) 2018.

Sources:

  • Sport Sciences in Nordic countrys. Evaluation report. Publications of the Academy of Finland 1/12.
  • Sport and fitness science. Webpages of the Ministry of Education and Culture, www.minedu.fi